A WARM WELCOME
Down Under School of Yoga is New England’s premier yoga school, home to some of America’s finest yoga teachers, Ayurvedic practitioners and bodyworkers and a vibrant student body. When asked how we “convinced” so many legendary teachers to come under one roof, the answer is: we didn’t. We simply built what we believed was valuable and never wavered from that vision. This Boston yoga studio began as a group of friends teaching in a parish hall, all graduates of senior American yoga teachers. More than ten years ago we decided to create a space dedicated to teaching and learning. Those senior faculty plus many of Boston’s leading yogis naturally gravitated towards the uncompromising clarity and authenticity of that vision. It is the quality and cadence of these relationships, a vibrant internal dialogue, the desire to evolve intelligently, and our commitment to our core values that define who we are.
At Down Under School of Yoga, we are not seeking a beautiful pose but rather the quality of your attention inside the pose. Each tradition whispers its own secrets. Every teacher works on a different aspect of your practice. As you explore different classes, you learn to respect your body and your process. The student who loves to sweat often struggles with stillness. The yogi who delights in precision gains something different when asked to flow with body and breath. We invite you to practice what is heavenly and hardest for you, to expand your practice and possibilities.
HONORING YOGA: OUR PROMISE
As students and teachers of yoga, we are the stewards of an ancient practice; the way we act off the mat is as important as what we do on it. Consistent with the tenets of yoga philosophy that eschews materialism (aparigraha), Down Under will not make corporate product deals, trademark new styles of yoga we "invent," or sell $120 yoga pants. What matters is the quality of your attention and we adore you in your oldest baggy pants. We’ll continue to take yoga off the mat by supporting sustainability in all forms and keeping our studios green, hosting charity classes, free philosophy discussions and workshops, supporting our teachers' social justice initiatives from free yoga in low income areas to safe spaces for people of color, marginalized groups, and people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds.
The current American yoga student paradigm:
In an age where large gyms and corporate yoga chains sell yoga as a fun, fitness class, students are inundated by yoga glitz and gimmicks where yoga is dumbed down and dressed up (because otherwise it’s just not that appealing!).
In contrast, the concept of a yoga school as a place of education, exploration, and community may seem a little old-fashioned. We defy the assumption that everything must be corporatized and we celebrate this ancient tradition, the authenticity of lineage, and the fact that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Our purpose is to shift the paradigm to create a space where students can come to learn in an environment that is without distraction and propaganda. What is so astonishing is how much this vision resonates with yoga students. As the practice lands, the student begins to distinguish amusement from authenticity and entertainment from instruction.
The current American yoga teacher paradigm:
- The young exhausted teacher running all over the city with a haphazard schedule trying to cobble together an income
- Advised by "business of yoga" seminars to prioritize social media over study
- Encouraged to bill themselves as "Master Teachers" although having taught for less than a decade
- Yoga corporations exploit young teachers by objectifying them to sell over-priced yoga clothing to students who have come to learn a craft that repudiates materialism